It was another wild New Mexico Bowl for Arizona, but the result was the same, as the Wildcats defeated New Mexico 45-37.
New Mexico went three and out to start the game with Scooby Wright picking up two tackles and Arizona taking over on its own 30.
Nate Phillips caught an eight-yard pass on first down, but fumbled on second and New Mexico took over on Arizona’s 37.
Lamar Jordan ran for six yards and Jhurell Pressley added six more. The drive then stalled with a run for a loss and New Mexico’s 37-yard field goal put the Lobos up 3-0 with about ten minutes left in the first quarter.
Baker started with a two-yard run and Phillips caught a pass for 11 yards. Arizona was then forced to punt a few downs later and faked it, but it resulted in a turnover.
On first down, Jarvis McCall intercepted the ball in the endzone. On second down, Solomon hit Cayleb Jones for a 78-yard touchdown and the extra point gave the Wildcats a 7-0 lead with 7:26 remaining in the first.
New Mexico’s drive started on its own 21 with Jordan losing three yards on the ground. Teriyon Gipson then gained nine yards in the air and McQuarley ran for four yards and the first down.
Pressley gained five on the ground and McQuarley added three. Jordan then lost three yards and after an incomplete pass, gained six, which resulted in a punt.
After completing a 16-yard pass to Kern, Solomon and Trey Griffey had a miscommunication for an interception.
New Mexico started on Arizona’s 25 with a two-yard run by Daryl Chestnut. Three downs later, New Mexico faked a punt and Arizona was all over it.
The Wildcats got the ball on their own 23 and Baker gained two. On second down, Jones caught a 48-yard pass to end the first quarter.
On the first play of the quarter, Baker scored from 27 yards out due in large part to a huge block by Johnny Jackson. The extra point proceeded to put the Wildcats up 14-3.
The Lobos started on their own 33 with a four-yard run by Pressley. Jordan then ran for 21 yards and added four more.
Tyrone Owens gained three before Jordan scored on a 31-yard run as the extra point cut Arizona’s lead to 14-10.
Later in the quarter, Arizona started on its own 47 with an incomplete pass. Anu Solomon then found Jones for 10 yards and Griffey for 34.
On first down, a touchdown was called back because of an ineligible receiver downfield. However, Solomon scored on a 14-yard run on the next play and the extra point put Arizona up 21-10 with under four minutes left in the first half.
Arizona had New Mexico on third down deep in its own territory, but Jordan found Delane Hart-Johnson for a 92-yard touchdown as he completely embarrassed Davonte Neal. The extra point then cut the lead to 21-17 with 2:19 left in the half.
Arizona started on its own 49 with a 46-yard catch by Jones. Baker then ran for four yards combined on his next two carries before Solomon hit David Richards for a one-yard touchdown.
The extra point by Casey Skowron then put the Wildcats up 28-17 at the half.
Arizona started the half on its own 25 and Richards caught a 23-yard pass on second down. Samajie Grant then gained 15 and Baker scored from 32 yards out as the extra point put the Wildcats up 35-17 a minute into the second half.
Starting on its own 28, UNM got a seven-yard run from Gipson. Pressley then gained 26 and Jordan added six more.
Chestnut ran for five yards, as did Pressley. The Lobos were called for a chop block, but Jordan got it back with a 23-yard run.
Two plays later, Jordan scored from 11 yards out and the extra point put the Lobos up 35-24 with 9:17 left in the third quarter.
New Mexico had the ball on its own one and threw an interception to Jamar Allah on first down.
Arizona got the ball on the four and Baker ran it in from five yards out as the extra point put the Wildcats up 41-24.
New Mexico started on its own 50 with a two-yard run by Gipson. Jordan then gained five and McQuarley had two straight carries for three yards each.
Gipson then ran for eight yards and two plays later, Ridge Jones gained 20 on a reverse. Gipson and McQuarley ran for three yards before Jordan scored on a three-yard run and the extra point brought the Lobos within 42-31 with 2:02 remaining in the third.
New Mexico recovered an onside kick on Arizona’s 40. Jordan ran for 11 yards on first down and Austin Apodaca ran for two.
After a holding call, New Mexico ended the third quarter with a 16-yard pass to Reece White to Arizona’s 19.
Gipson ran for 12 yards on first down and two plays later, Apodaca scored from four yards out. The Lobos went for two, but did not make it and Arizona’s lead held at 42-37 with 13:52 left.
Arizona started on its own 25 with a 30-yard pass to Griffey. Baker then ran for 21 yards and gained three more.
However, the drive stalled and the 36-yard field goal went wide left, giving New Mexico the ball on its own 20.
Arizona was called offside on first down and Pressley lost two on second. Owens then lost eight, but Dameon Gamblin caught a pass for 26 yards.
Gipson gained nine on the ground and two plays later, Chris Davis caught a 12-yard pass. Gipson then added seven more on the ground.
After a one-yard reception by Gamblin, Pressley gained four and then seven more. On third down, New Mexico fumbled and Wright got a sack on fourth down to force a turnover and give the Wildcats the ball on their own 38.
Baker ran for four yards and Bradford followed with runs of 7, 3, 6, 4, and two before New Mexico called timeout.
After an incomplete pass, Bradford followed with runs of 7, 3, 2, 1, and 3 as Arizona found itself in a 4th and three situation with 1:35 left.
Arizona decided to go for the 37-yard field goal and the kick put the Wildcats up 45-37.
UNM got the ball on its own 26 and on third down, Bundy caught a 13-yard pass. After an incomplete pass, Gipson gained nine in the air.
On second down, Gipson ran for four yards, but Cam Denson came up with an interception soon after to seal the win.